Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton lost it Thursday as an environmental activist confronted her over the fossil fuel-linked money she has received to fund her campaign.
“Will you act on your word to reject fossil fuel money in the future in your campaign?” Eva Resnick-Day, from the environmental justice group Greenpeace, asked Clinton during a rally at the State University of New York Purchase campus.
Clinton quickly lost her patience as her smile was promptly replaced by anger, and the candidate started yelling, aggressively pointing at Resnick, “I do not have – I have money from people who work for fossil fuel companies ... I am so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me,” showed a video that Greenpeace uploaded on its YouTube channel.
Hillary Clinton loses it with this question. "I am so sick!" she said. pic.twitter.com/2voNy8SCHw— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) April 1, 2016
According to Greenpeace, Clinton is highly connected to the fossil fuel industry, as she has received so far over US$4.5 million from this sector.
In July, online magazine Mother Jones explained that this money did not “directly” come from fossil fuel corporations – which would violate the electoral bill, but that Clinton's fundraisers were themselves closely linked to the industry.
“Nearly all of the Democratic Party lobbyists bundling contributions for Clinton’s campaign have at one time or another worked for the fossil fuel industry,” the magazine reported. These people have reportedly "worked against regulations to curb climate change, advocated for offshore drilling, or sought government approval for natural gas exports."